Hardened Pinoy jiu-jitsu fighters want to put on a show in SEA Games debut

The Philippines national Brazilian jiu-jitsu team plans to maximize home-floor advantage when it competes in the Southeast Asian Games beginning next month.

Head coach Hansel Co will be bringing in the bigger guys, who will compete in the 85-kilogram, 94-kg, over 94-kg weight classes.

Co said most of his fighters have other combat-sports backgrounds besides Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

“ ’Yung mga heavier weights natin, sinasabi ko nga mga judokas. There’s one who’s also a wrestler,” he said.

“Noong college sila nag-judo at nag-wrestling. Mas regular silang jiu-jitsu na nagte-training ngayon than judo or wrestling so they’re actually jiu-jitsu athletes now, it’s just ’yung background nila nag-start sila ng jiujitsu or wrestling.”

The coach said this makes his roster flexible.

“Ang maganda especially sa heavyweight ang laro doon more on stand up game. ’Yung magagaang masmaraming instances na nasa ground sila pero ’yung big guys kasi most of the time kung sino ang makakuha ng takedown ’yung ang panalo, very critical ang throws,” Co said.

He added that the whole team is excited to be competing at home, especially as the sport makes its official debut in the Games.


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